The theory here: "The Green Hanukkah campaign says that every candle that burns completely produces 15 grams of carbon dioxide. The campaign estimates that one million Israeli households light candles for eight days, and it would do significant damage to the atmosphere."
How does it work? One candle on day one, two on day two, and so forth, right?
So let's see--that's 36, right? A million menorahs require 36,000,000 candles, times 15 grams of carbon dioxide per candle, is 540,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide. 540 metric tons.
Total carbon dioxide contribution to atmosphere from all sources, annually: 206,500,000 metric tons.
If each family burns one less candle, that would save 15,000,000 grams of carbon dioxide.
Fifteen metric tons. Out of 206,500,000.
Yeah, that'll help.
Man-made sources amount to 6,500,000 tons of carbon dioxide. So if we subtract those Menorah candles, we'll only be contributing...uh...6,499,985 tons! Yay! It's a victory for Mother Earth!